Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 03/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7

    This program has been cancelled.  If you are interested in volunteering to check salamander traps, please call Battle Creek Nature Center and talk to Tania. 

    410-535-5327

     

     

    For adults

    This activities is also open to families with older children (under 16 with an adult participation)

    If you’re looking to get more involved with the parks here in the county or would just like an excuse to spend some time in the woods – we can always need to new volunteers to check our salamander traps. Come find out what it takes to be involved and help refurbish our salamander traps for the spring season. This is a great opportunity for home school students interested in the environment and animals.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Bring snacks and lunch. Wear clothes that can get dirty and comfortable shoes for working on the traps.

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.


    • 03/05/2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 16

    For Ages 13-Adults; under 16 with an adult

    As the full moon rises we’ll stroll along the fields and wetlands listening for the breeding display of the American Woodcock (also known as a Timberdoodle). Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking boots. Due to rough terrain of the trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk. Directions will be sent to all who register

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person.
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 03/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about how plants grow as we make some “seed bombs” that you can plant in your garden. Wear clothes that you can get dirty. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, March 9

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/14/2015
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park

    All ages, under 16 with an adult.

    Join Master Naturalist Karen Anderson to explore the winter bird life of our new Ward Farm Nature Park in Dunkirk.

    Dress for the weather--we'll be outside the whole time.

    Bring binoculars and field guides.

    Free

    • 03/15/2015
    • 6:45 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Artist's Access Days

    Here's an excellent opportunity for artists and photographers to access to the county parks before and after regular park hours.

    Artists are encouraged to create landscape paintings, drawings and photographs as they experience the quiet of a winter sunrise at Flag Ponds Park. 

    Registration is required. 

    Artist Registration Fee: None

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Consider presenting your artwork at our Nature's ARTcade exhibit in June 2015. Details at:  www.calvertparks.org/ARTcade


    • 03/20/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    All ages.

    Celebrate the first day of spring by hiking through Flag Ponds to look for frogs and other signs of spring.  Learn some frog calls and other identifying characteristics too.  Please bring flashlights.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee: Free to BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, March 18. 

    Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 03/21/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    Your teen will have fun exploring the outdoors as they take pictures of amazing landscapes and cool plants and animals. Photography tips, themes and locations will vary every month. Bring a bag lunch and a point-and-shoot camera.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee: Free for BCNES members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19 Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 03/23/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Spring is here and the puppets are singing!  Children can practice making their best frog calls while they hike to the pond.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/23/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Spring is here and the puppets are singing!  Children can practice making their best frog calls while they hike to the pond.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may register online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 03/26/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 8
    For 16 years to Adults

    Throughout the spring and summer, we'll revisit the plot locations from a 1990 vegetation study to assess changes in the plant communities at Flag Ponds. This information will also be used to develop the M.A.P.S. habitat structure assessment. 

    Even if your plant identification skills are rusty (or lacking), helping staff and more experience volunteers record data, take photos, and create maps will allow you to learn how to identify the common and uncommon plants in the area.

    Results of the survey will be posted on the M.A.P.S. web page

    Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

    Bring a lunch and water bottle. Hand-lens, binoculars, and field guides are optional.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 03/27/2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center

    Come learn about Calvert County's owls. We will be discussing the status of each species and describe how the nest box project is working to bring back Barn Owls to the area.  

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    This is a free program.


    • 03/28/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 9


    For ages 10-13 years old

    It’s that time of the year for the spotted salamanders to make their move to the swamp. We’ll learn more about these awesome animals and head out in search of them in the park. Be sure to wear clothes you can get dirty.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 03/28/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Families

    Have you ever wondered where marshmallows come from? We’ll teach you about the origin of marshmallows and we will make some of our own!  Bring a sealed container to take your marshmallows home.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, March 23

    • 03/30/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03/31/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Children in 1st-4th grades

    Monday, March 30, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
    Tuesday, March 31, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Feel like you've been stuck inside all winter? This camp will be full of adventures -- we will wade into the swamp, use nets to look for amphibians, and, of course, play in the mud.

    Bring a snack, lunch, and dress for the weather each day!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration deadline: March 23

    Fee: $40 for members; $60 for nonmembers.

    • 03/30/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 6
    For Volunteers, Ages 15 and up, under 18 with adult

    After a short presentation about our new Prothonotary Warbler Study, volunteers will borrow some waders and trek into the swamp to learn the nest box locations and prepare them for the season.  Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 26. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 03/31/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 10-13, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 04/01/2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04/02/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    Ages 12-16 years

    Spend part of spring break with friends searching the woods, ponds, and swamps for animals big and small. If you like to search for animals, and you don’t mind getting dirty in the process, come on down.  Bring lunch and a snack for Wednesday.  Dinner and breakfast provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee per person

    $25 for members; $40 for nonmembers.

    Reservations are required by March 25. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us

    • 04/02/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
      

    Ages 10-13, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your campfire safety skills!  Each participant will have the opportunity to make their own mini campfire and practice various fire starting and fire quelling skills.  Once we have learned about campfire safety, we’ll enjoy roasting some marshmallows over the flames.  Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

     

    • 04/04/2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm, 2695 Grays Road, Prince Frederick

    Ages 16 years through adult

    Appreciate the beauty of Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm at night under the light of the Wolf Moon. This is a moderately strenuous hike of approximately 2 miles at a brisk pace over hilly and uneven terrain for two hours with minimal stops. Hiking boots or hiking shoes are required. Due to rough terrain of the trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person.
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 04/06/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come explore the clues animals leave behind from tracks in the sand to marks on trees. We will see who has been out and about.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: April 1 

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 04/06/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come explore the clues animals leave behind from tracks in the sand to marks on trees. We will see who has been out and about.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: April 1

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 04/11/2015
    • 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Artist's Access Days

    Here's an excellent opportunity for artists and photographers to access to the county parks before and after regular park hours.

    Artists are encouraged to create landscape paintings, drawings and photographs as they experience the quiet of a winter sunrise at Flag Ponds Park. 

    Registration is required. 

    Artist Registration Fee: None

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Consider presenting your artwork at our Nature's ARTcade exhibit in June 2015. Details at:  www.calvertparks.org/ARTcade


    • 04/11/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8

    For Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    Your teen will have fun exploring the outdoors as they take pictures of amazing landscapes and cool plants and animals.  Photography tips, themes and locations will vary every month. Bring a bag lunch and a point-and-shoot camera.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee: Free for members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, April 9. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 04/11/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 6
    For Volunteers, Ages 15 and up, under 18 with adult

    After a short presentation about our new Prothonotary Warbler Study, volunteers will borrow some waders and trek into the swamp to learn the nest box locations and prepare them for the season.  Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, April 9. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 04/18/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm


    For ages 10 year to adult

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm. Meet at the Equestrian Entrance

    Help us get the Farm ready for hikers. We’ll clear the trail and put up trail markers. Come dressed to work and get dirty. Bring work gloves, a snack and water. If you need hours for community service, bring your paperwork along.

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

    • 04/23/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 8
    For 16 years to Adults

    Throughout the spring and summer, we'll revisit the plot locations from a 1990 vegetation study to assess changes in the plant communities at Flag Ponds. This information will also be used to develop the M.A.P.S. habitat structure assessment. 

    Even if your plant identification skills are rusty (or lacking), helping staff and more experience volunteers record data, take photos, and create maps will allow you to learn how to identify the common and uncommon plants in the area.

    Results of the survey will be posted on the M.A.P.S. web page

    Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

    Bring a lunch and water bottle. Hand-lens, binoculars, and field guides are optional.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 04/23/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your child's favorite stuffed animal pal for a woodland animals puppet show, then take a hike through the forest and end with a tea party for your child and their pal.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 21. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 04/23/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your child's favorite stuffed animal pal for a woodland animals puppet show, then take a hike through the forest and end with a tea party for your child and their pal.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 21. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 04/23/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 12

    For ages 16 years to Adults

    Along a lovely 1 mile trail on the cliffs of Calvert overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, a carpet of toothwort, Dutchman's breeches, saxifrage, and violets lay under paw paw, oaks, viburnums and other trees and shrubs.
    Early spring warblers and other birds--Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher among others--will provide a musical backdrop.

    Bring: Hand lens, binoculars, cameras. Wear comfortable walking shoes & dress for the weather.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee is per person. Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Free for volunteers with the Habitat and Plant Survey

    • 04/25/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 18

    For Families

    Barn swallows are wonderful birds that can be found among many farms in Maryland from spring to fall. We will search for swallows at Ward Farm Nature Park and talk about the importance of these birds. Bring a lunch to enjoy while at the park.

    Location: Ward Farm Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family. Free for members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, April 21

    • 04/25/2015
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick, MD
    • 8

    For Ages: 6-9 years old Adult participation is required.

    In celebration of Earth Day we will make a fun gardening craft for you to take home and talk about recycling.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee: Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: April 17

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 04/28/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    Some animal babies look just like their parents - some look totally different. We'll look at some local animal adult/baby pairs and see if we can match them up correctly! Includes indoor and outdoor activities. Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by April 24

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 04/28/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    Some animal babies look just like their parents - some look totally different. We'll look at some local animal adult/baby pairs and see if we can match them up correctly! Includes indoor and outdoor activities.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by April 24

    Register online, by email , by mail , or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 05/03/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    For Everyone!

    Many groups will be at the Farm to make it a very festive celebration. The Calvert County Canine Search and Rescue will hold a demonstration; they have been using Biscoe Gray over the past year to train their dogs. An equestrian club will offer beginner’s trail rides. The Garden Club will be selling herbs and native plants.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    FREE. Registration is not required.


    • 05/05/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Warm weather is here and so are tons of cool bugs. We’ll explore the meadows and woods of the park looking for interesting bugs.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: May 1

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 05/05/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 13

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Warm weather is here and so are tons of cool bugs. We’ll explore the meadows and woods of the park looking for interesting bugs. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: May 1

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 05/08/2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 5

    For All ages
    Adult participation is required

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours.  Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay.  Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like.  We will provide the s'mores.  

    Only registered participants will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 6. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 05/13/2015
    • 1:00 AM - 2:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Let’s take a trip down to the pond! We will use dip nets to see what is living in the water. This class promises to be lots of slippery, slimy fun!
    Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy – you’ll want comfortable walking shoes for the walk!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 05/13/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Let’s take a trip down to the pond! We will use dip nets to see what is living in the water. This class promises to be lots of slippery, slimy fun!
    Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy – you’ll want comfortable walking shoes for the walk!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required by May 11

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 05/14/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    For Volunteers, Ages 15 and up, Under 18 with adult

    Accompany naturalist Shannon Steele as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings.  If you were unable to attend the warbler info sessions last month, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study. 

    The number of participants is limited so that there is less impact on the swamp and the birds are disturbed as little as possible.  If you are unable to attend one of the Prothonotary warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, May 12. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/23/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Ages 12-16 years

    Come learn about the American Kestrel and the nest box monitoring program. After a talk at the nature center we will drive to some local farms and check the status of some of the nest boxes.

    Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers

    Bring a lunch, a water bottle, and binoculars if you have them.

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: May 20

    • 05/23/2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Nans Cove Kayak Launch, Broomes Island
    • 6

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Enjoy the sunset on the Patuxent River. We’ll meet at Nan’s Cove kayak launch off Broome’s Island Road.

    Location: Nan's Cove Kayak Launch

    Reservations and payment are required in advance -  Please register before: May 19

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline: May 19

    Fee is per person. 

    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. 
    $5 per person if you provide your own kayak.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 05/27/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    For Volunteers, Ages 15 and up, Under 18 with adult

    Accompany naturalist Shannon Steele as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings.  If you were unable to attend the warbler info sessions last month, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study. 

    The number of participants is limited so that there is less impact on the swamp and the birds are disturbed as little as possible.  If you are unable to attend one of the Prothonotary Warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 22. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/29/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    After an outdoor puppet show, head down to the beach to see where animals like terrapins and horseshoe crabs would lay their eggs.  Dress your child in clothes that can get wet.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 27. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 05/29/2015
    • 10:30 PM
    • 05/30/2015
    • 12:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For All ages
    Adult participation is required

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!
    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.


    Program Fee:
    free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by May 26.

    • 06/04/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 8
    For 16 years to Adults

    Throughout the spring and summer, we'll revisit the plot locations from a 1990 vegetation study to assess changes in the plant communities at Flag Ponds. This information will also be used to develop the M.A.P.S. habitat structure assessment. 

    Even if your plant identification skills are rusty (or lacking), helping staff and more experience volunteers record data, take photos, and create maps will allow you to learn how to identify the common and uncommon plants in the area.

    Results of the survey will be posted on the M.A.P.S. web page

    Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

    Bring a lunch and water bottle. Hand-lens, binoculars, and field guides are optional.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 06/06/2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Nature's ARTcade Artist Registration

    Calvert Nature Society, in support of the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources, is hosting a juried art exhibit that highlights art inspired by the natural world of Southern Maryland. New this year: local artists can vie for the Best of Calvert award.

    ARTcade webpage:  www.calvertparks.org/ARTcade

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: May 1, 2015

    Call for Artists: www.calvertparks.org/callforartists

    Registration is required to be considered for Nature's ARTcade. 

    Artist Registration Fee: $20 for up to three works of art.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 06/06/2015
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 5

    For Ages 18 years old and up

    Come join us for a light up stand up paddle board trip. We will paddle on the Chesapeake Bay at Flag Ponds Park and see what animals we may find hiding in the shallows.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park we will meet at the education building

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline: May 26

    Fee is per person.
    $75 for BCNES members
    $85 for nonmembers

    Due to the limited number of paddle boards with light systems, we will only have room for 5 people for the paddle. If we have enough people interested we can set up another trip on separate date as well. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 06/11/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    ou don't have to look hard to find art supplies in nature. We will go on a short hike to find some beautiful things and then create some natural art of our own.

    Special registration information: Dress in clothes that can get dirty. If you have an oversized old shirt that could be used as a smock, please bring it along.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by June 9.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 06/13/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 7

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Come explore the marsh surrounding Cocktown Creek in its early summer glory.  We will focus on marsh plant ID and uses.  With luck, we will see the marsh hibiscus and the pickeral weed in bloom.

    Location: King's Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Reservations and payment are required by June 11.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for members
    $30 for nonmembers
    $5 if you bring your own kayak

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 06/13/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 9

    Ages 12-16 - Adult participation is not required

    Ward Farm Nature Park - Ward Road, Dunkirk

    This pond adventure will get us wet and muddy in the pond at this new property. We will wade in with nets and buckets and do our best to identify what we find.

    Bring water, a snack, bug spray, sunscreen, and a towel.

    Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. You’ll want a change of clothes for the way home.

     

    Advanced registration is required - Please register by Thursday, June 11

    Fee per person: free for members; $8 for non-members per person

    • 06/15/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    For Volunteers, Ages 15 and up, Under 18 with adult

    Accompany naturalist  Shannon Steele as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings.  If you were unable to attend the warbler info sessions last month, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study. 

    The number of participants is limited so that there is less impact on the swamp and the birds are disturbed as little as possible.  If you are unable to attend one of the Prothonotary Warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 11. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/16/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about the animals that live in our creeks and streams. We’ll be wading in the water catching animals so wear clothes and shoes that you can get wet and dirty and bring a change of clothes. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: June 12th

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 06/16/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 3

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about the animals that live in our creeks and streams. We’ll be wading in the water catching animals so wear clothes and shoes that you can get wet and dirty and bring a change of clothes. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: June 12

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 06/24/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 7

     

    Ages 10-13, Adult participation not required

    For every human in the world, there are 200 million insects!  How much do you know about the buggy world around you? Come to Kings Landing Park to learn all about insect anatomy and make a container to use on a bug hunt. We’ll search the park for insects, and then learn some techniques for preserving and labeling our collections. Be prepared for a hike on and off the trails! Bring a bagged lunch and a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 06/27/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 12 years to adult

    Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    The naturalist will lead you to the heron rookery where you will, hopefully, see and hear the Great Blue Herons and their nestlings from the water. Kayaking experience required.

    Location: Kings Landing Park.  Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) by Thursday, June 25.  No phone or email reservations accepted.

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 06/27/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 7
    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist catch and collect ladybugs for Cornell's Lost Ladybug Project.  Learn how you can particpiate in this citizen science project in your own backyard.

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 25. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/02/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 5

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday-Thursday, June 29-July 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    Each child must be registered separately.
    You may register online, by mail, or in person. See the Registration Information page for details.

    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/03/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Children entering grades 3-5
    Monday-Wednesday, June 29, 30 and July 1, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 2, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, July 3, 9:00 a.m.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    If you like exploring wet places and catching water animals – then this fun camp is for you! This week we will wade into some marvelous wet places like the creek, the swamp, and the Bay. As we go, we will learn firsthand about the animals and plants that depend on water – including ourselves. We’ll end the week with an overnight so we can discover some watery places by the light of the stars. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!
    Special registration information: Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers for the overnight’s potluck cookout.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

     

    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 7

    For Ages 12 years to adult

    Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    The naturalist will lead you to the heron rookery where you will, hopefully, see and hear the Great Blue Herons and their nestlings from the water. Kayaking experience required.

    Location: Kings Landing Park.  Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) by Thursday, June 25.  No phone or email reservations accepted.

    Program is Free to Volunteers

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity.

    • 06/30/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 7

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Following some fun indoor activities and a meet-and-greet with a live frog and toad, take a walk with the naturalist to look for amphibians.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Friday, June 26. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 06/30/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Following some fun indoor activities and a meet-and-greet with a live frog and toad, take a walk with the naturalist to look for amphibians.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Friday, June 26. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 07/02/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 8
    For 16 years to Adults

    Throughout the spring and summer, we'll revisit the plot locations from a 1990 vegetation study to assess changes in the plant communities at Flag Ponds. This information will also be used to develop the M.A.P.S. habitat structure assessment. 

    Even if your plant identification skills are rusty (or lacking), helping staff and more experience volunteers record data, take photos, and create maps will allow you to learn how to identify the common and uncommon plants in the area.

    Results of the survey will be posted on the M.A.P.S. web page

    Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

    Bring a lunch and water bottle. Hand-lens, binoculars, and field guides are optional.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 07/02/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8

    For Ages 10-13

    Adult participation is not required.

    Your teen will have fun exploring the outdoors as they take pictures of amazing landscapes and cool plants and animals.  Photography tips, themes and locations will vary every month. Bring a lunch, backpack and point-and-shoot camera.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 30. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 07/06/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/09/2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14
    For children entering Grades 1 and 2

    Monday-Thursday, July 6-9, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians as they play games and use seine nets, dip nets and traps to safely view these animals.  Students will investigate their differences and learn why herps are important.  There will be encounters with live animals every day.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, June 29. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/06/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/10/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 4

    Children entering grades 6-8
    Monday-Wednesday, July 6-8, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 9, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 10, pick up @ 6:00p.m.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park
    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park
    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietum Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $250
    Nonmembers: $280

    Please fill out the following waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

    Parental waiver for Thursday

    Parental waiver for Friday

     

    • 07/13/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/16/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 11

    For children entering Grades 3-5

    Monday, July 13 - Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 16, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    There will be no camp on Thursday prior to 4:00 p.m. 

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park (Mon-Tues)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed-Thurs)

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of birds as they bird watch, check nest boxes, dissect owl pellets, and make bird feeders.  Thursday evening will be a hoot! After supper over the campfire, the young birders will meet the nature center’s live owls and will take a hike to look for birds at night.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 6. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/13/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/17/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 5
    Entering Grades 7-9

    Monday July 13-Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 16, 4:00 .p.m overnight through Friday, July 17, 9:00 a.m.

    Note: There is no camp before 4:00 p.m. Thursday or after 9:00 a.m. Friday

    Location:

    Monday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with a camp out at Flag Ponds Park. Food for the overnight and camping fees are included.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

    • 07/20/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12
    For girls entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Send your daughters to Flag Ponds Park for a week of adventure and excitement.  They will discover their hidden talents as they learn how to use a compass, identify plants and animals, tie knots, and cook over a fire.  Your girls will boost their self-confidence and build new friendships as they face fun new challenges every day.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 13. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/20/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 6
    For boys entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    As Sons of the Forest we will explore Flag Ponds Nature Park. From sloshing in the swamp to hiking through the forest we will leave no stone unturned as we learn about the natural world around us. We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. So bring you sense of adventure and join us for a fun week outside!

    Fee per camper:Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/27/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/30/2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 7
    For children entering grades 1-2
    Monday, July 27 -Thursday, July 30, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Park

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn about Calvert County’s “wild things.”


    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    • 07/27/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/31/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 10
    For children entering Grades 4 and 5

    Monday, July 27-Wednesday, July 29, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Thursday July 30, 4:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, July 31, 10:00 a.m.

    There is no camp before 4:00 pm Thursday or after 10:00 am Friday.

    Locations:

    Monday: Kings Landing Park 
    Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    From the beaches to the forests there are many animals that live in our area. We’ll explore our parks to learn about animals big and small. Activities will include habitat exploration, observing wild animals in the field, up close encounters with our exhibit animals and an overnight campout at Flag Ponds Nature Park.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

    • 08/03/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/07/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    For children entering grades 9-11
    Monday-Wednesday, August 3-5, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, August 6, 7:00 a.m. overnight through
    Friday, August 7, 6:00 p.m.

    This week will be an epic adventure which test our limits as we immerse ourselves in the habitats around us. Here in Calvert County, we will study fresh and brackish water habitats – including the cypress swamp, the Patuxent River, and the nearshore habitats of the Chesapeake Bay. The week will culminate with a two-day overnight trip to Assateague Island National Seashore where we will camp in the dunes and experience the effects of the salty ocean firsthand. Camp activities include boat trip, plant/animal identification, plankton study, water quality testing – as well as hiking, camping, and surfing.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $360
    Nonmembers: $390

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday*–Morgan State Marine Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park
    Wednesday* – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park for the trip to Assateague Island National Seashore
    Friday – return to Kings Landing Park


    *these days may be changed due to the weather

    Please fill out this waiver and return it before the first day of camp: OC Surf Sessions Release form

     

    • 08/03/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/07/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 14

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, August 7, 3:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed)

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 27. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

Calvert Nature Society (formerly Battle Creek Nature Education Society) is dedicated to
the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage
and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community.
We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through
our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.
The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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